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This week we have been learning about and discovering facts about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

We listened to and shared non-fiction texts, watched video clips, learnt simple dances, followed instructions to make playdough, which we then used to make samosas. We tried tasting real vegetable samosas too! Delicious! We explored pattern using 2d and 3D shape which helped us to create Rangoli patterns. Reception children also made clay diva lamps. Just like the ones used to celebrate Diwali and guide Sita home.

We looked at photos of different Hindu temples and then used these to create our own in the sand and with construction. We also learnt lots of new words linked to Diwali by listening, talking, reading and matching.

Our Reception children carried on exploring different people who help us. We had water shooters to aim at buildings and fill firefighter buckets. We had to take turns as well as push and pull to fill the shooter. We also had much fun, after sharing non-fiction books, role playing firefighters, nurses, doctors, teachers...

They also had a chat with Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Manning to find out how they help us in school. Everyone had a go at taking a photo of the special person using the IPad.

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We launched our fire topic with a visit from the local fire crew.

We thought of questions to ask...which was a bit tricky! But then we asked them which helped us to find out what the real answers were not just what we thought they were. We listened to a talk from the firefighters, learnt about the special clothing, gathered interesting words and then we got to explore the fire engine - even the hose!


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Following the visit, we dressed up as firefighters, created a fire engine from the crates and saved people from a fire. Reception also explored the paints by mixing them to make fire colours and marks.